Contents of 'floating container' negative of shabu

DAGUPAN CITY -- The contents of a plastic container that was found by fishermen floating in mid-sea last August 27 do not contain shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride), police said.

A report early Sunday, September 3, by Bombo Radyo Dagupan, quoted Chief Inspector Manuel Garcia Jr., chief of Infanta police, that he received a call from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Pangasinan informing him that based on laboratory test results, the contents of the plastic container was negative of shabu.

Garcia turned over Friday, September 1, the container and its contents to PDEA Pangasinan agent Dexter Asayco in the presence of Infanta Mayor Marvin Martinez; Superintendent Marlon Canam, police deputy provincial director for administration; and policemen from the intelligence branch, among others.

The container and its contents will still be sent to PDEA Manila for further confirmatory tests.

Four fishermen found the plastic container floating somewhere in the waters off the boundary of Pangasinan and La Union while fishing.

Upon reaching their home port of Cato in Infanta town, the fishermen immediately reported the matter to barangay captain Charlito Manigo of Cato, who immediately called the Infanta police. (PNA)